Jennifer Acton is a UK-based travel writer who loves going on walks in countryside and scouting out special places for romantic breaks or big trips with the family.
Boasting glorious bays, picturesque woodland and spectacular cliff-top views, the UK countryside has a wealth of breath-taking scenery. An ideal backdrop for any romantic getaway, Britain’s green expanses are a picture-postcard honeymoon location. Instead of blowing your wedding budget on an all-inclusive trip to the Canaries, why not skip the cost of flights and take your pick of some beautiful Suffolk cottages to while away a week? The weather may not be the most reliable, but a sprint in an unexpected rain shower back to your cosy houseboat or luxurious Yurt will just be another romantic memory from your trip.
The UK has some wonderful options for unusual accommodation, perfect for a memorable honeymoon and a unique experience for you and your partner:
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Glamping in Suffolk
Evoke a glamorous Moroccan night minus the airfare in a luxurious Yurt in the picturesque Suffolk countryside. Best of Suffolk offer a stylish ‘glamping’ experience in the beautiful grounds of the Kenton Hall Estate. Elegantly appointed with Moroccan-style wall hangings and colourful lanterns, this cosy Yurt also offers all mod-cons, including an authentic wood-burning stove for those chilly British nights.
The Kenton Hall Estate really is a fairy-tale setting, beautiful woodland, steeped in history; the main house itself dating back to Tudor times. The surrounding area of Debenham is similarly fascinating, speckled with rural pubs and stunning walks. The nearby towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are especially charming and certainly worth a day trip to explore.
Shepherd’s Hut Accommodation Sussex
The demand for rustic shepherd’s hut accommodation is booming. This huts are usually simple, but lovingly appointed, and the endearingly-named Molly Dishwasher in Sussex is no exception and has charm by the bucket load. The hut is set onto 70 acres of gardens and woodland, providing plenty of peace and tranquillity; the ideal post-wedding love nest.
The hut comes complete with a wood burner to keep you toasty and a BBQ box for alfresco dining, with special treats included for honeymooners and wedding nights.
Live Like Royalty in an Irish Castle
At the other end of the spectrum is Dromoland Castle in Clare, Ireland. Originally built in the 15th century, the castle is now a five-star hotel with a Michelin star restaurant, and one of Ireland’s finest places to lay your head.
The hotel has a great reputation for hospitality, with champagne receptions and handmade chocolates delivered to your room on request. The hotel also boasts an 18-hole golf course and a tranquil spa within the castle walls, perfect for a post-wedding massage to ease away stress. You’ll also be in fantastic company, as previous guests have included Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali.
Ecopods in Scotland
Stylish almost to a fault, the Ecopod Boutique Retreat is a stunning mesh of chrome and sheepskin rugs all housed in a futuristic bubble. Set in the beautiful Scottish highlands, these dome-like structures boast a fully-equipped kitchen and gorgeous sixties décor worthy of any luxury get-away. Combine all of this with the impressive environmental credentials of the pods and you have a five star experience, minus the ecological cost. Each pod commands arresting panoramic views of Loch Linnhe and the surrounding countryside. You and your partner will love exploring this stretch of the Scottish coast, hire a kayak together and discover the various tiny islands peppered along the Loch.
With such a varied landscape, the British countryside is a newlywed paradise. The options for places to stay are endless, and with such wildly beautiful scenery and fantastic hidden gems to explore together, why go anywhere else?